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Marilyn Remakel, 1942-2020

Funeral services for Marilyn Ann Remakel, 77, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Kurt Farrell and Deacon Mike Ellis will officiate. Interment will be at St. Theodore Catholic Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour before the service at the church.

Marilyn Remakel

Marilyn died surrounded by her loving family Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester as a result of a brain aneurysm.

Marilyn was born Feb. 1, 1942, in Lancaster, Wisconsin, to Cletis and Grace (Ament) Ferring. The Ferring family moved to Albert Lea in 1949 and Marilyn graduated with the Albert Lea High School class of 1960.

On May 27, 1961, Marilyn was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Ron Remakel, at St. Theodore Catholic Church. To this marriage, two daughters and a son were born.

Marilyn was an integral part of the McDonald’s on Main Street in Albert Lea for more than 30 years. She had also served as a lunch lady, as well as some substitute cooking at various schools and at The Albert Lea Children’s Center. It comes as no surprise that with all of her work in the food industry, Marilyn’s favorite pastime was eating. She was often caught grazing through food, even after a big meal. Marilyn enjoyed gardening, crocheting and knitting. She was a strong, caring and compassionate woman to all she met. She would proudly share that her greatest joy came from spending time with her family and friends who she so dearly loved. Her family gathered for weekly Tuesday meals at the home and she also enjoyed her Sunday morning breakfasts with her great-grandkids. These times were indeed those that Marilyn cherished most. Her faith community at St. Theodore Catholic Church also played a very important role in her life.

Marilyn is survived by her children Mike (Laurie) Remakel of Albert Lea and their children Colton Remakel and Sammy Remakel, and Marcie (Todd) Anderson of Albert Lea and their children Nikki (Mike) Olsen, Ashley (Brady) Engelby and Ty Anderson. Great-grandchildren include Logan and Ledger Olsen, McKinlee Engelby and Jaxon Anderson. Also surviving are two sisters, Kathleen (Tom) Joswick of Macomb, Illinois, and Margie DeBolt of Fort Pierce, Florida; and sisters-in-law Delores Modderman and Arlis Dokken, both of Alexandria.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Remakel; daughter, Jodi Wangsness; parents Clete and Grace Ferring; father and mother-in-law Marshall “Mike” and Rose Remakel; and brothers-in-law Jim Dokken, Duck Modderman and Dwight DeBolt.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.